COMICS aims to quantify the flow of carbon in the ocean’s ‘twilight’ zone in order to more accurately model global climate change.
COMICS will make observations at sea of particle flux and quantify interior biological processes using stable isotopes. It will apply organic geochemical and molecular biological techniques to samples collected using nets and traps.
The COMICS project will be led by the National Oceanography Centre and is a collaboration between the British Antarctic Survey and the universities of Queen Mary London, Liverpool, Oxford and Southampton. The project has received funding from the Natural Environmental Research Council and will run between April 2017 and 2022.